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Fields of Fire Vol. II: `With The Old Breed`

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The 5th Marines

Fleet Marine Force Manual 6-4 Marine Rifle Company/Platoon - "The primary mission of the Marine rifle company and platoon is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel his assault by fire and close combat."

In Fields of Fire Vol. II: "With the Old Breed," you pin on your captain's bars and take command of a rifle company in the 5th Marines, the most decorated regiment in the US Marine Corps. Test your mettle in three campaigns spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Battle ashore in the blazing heat of Peleliu in September 1944 to discover the Japanese have changed their strategy and you are forced to dig them out of the coral ridges.  Flares reveal waves of Chinese pouring over the rugged mountains of the Chosin Reservoir, Korea, in sub zero weather in November 1950. Fight house to house in Hue City, Vietnam in February 1968. These three campaigns live on in the legends and history of the United States Marine Corps.

Fields of Fire is a solitaire game system that gives players the challenge of commanding a rifle company between World War II and Present Day. The game is different from many tactical games in that it is diceless and card based. There are two decks used to play. The Terrain Deck is based on a specific region and is used to build a map for the various missions your company must perform. The Action deck serves many purposes in controlling combat, command and control, various activity attempts. The units of the company are counters representing headquarters elements, squads, weapons teams, forward observers, individual vehicles or helicopters. A single playing is a mission and several missions from an historical campaign are strung together for the player to manage experience and replacements. A mission can be played in about 1 – 2 hours.


This volume of Fields of Fire  is based on three actual campaigns experienced by units of the 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division "Blue Diamond" in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and is the second volume of the Fields of Fire series.

New features in Volume II:
  • Amphibious Operations
  • Urban warfare
  • Flame throwers
  • Demolitions
  • Large squads and good order rifle teams
  • Japanese fanaticism and Chinese Human Wave attacks
  • Expanded Experience Options

Rules streamlining for use in Volume I and II

  • Simplified Prisoner Handling
  • Simplified use of Pyrotechnics

Components:

  • Action Deck + Hint Cards - 55 Cards
  • 3 Terrain Decks of 55 Cards, total of 165 Terrain Cards
  • Rule Booklet
  • Campaign Briefing Booklet
  • Extended Examples of Play Booklet
  • Company Log Pad (8.5x11 – expendable)
  • 1 x 8.5 x 11 Command Asset Holding Display (Two Sided - WWII/Korea on one side, Vietnam on the other)
  • 1 x 8.5 x 11 Command Track (for tracking commands saved and activations)
  • 1 x 8.5 x 11 Aircraft Control Card (Two Sided - USMC on one, US Army on the other for use with Volume I)
  • 1 x 8.5 x 11 Player Aid Card Action Menu Front – Vehicle Info Back
  • 1 Tri-Fold Player Aid Card
  • 1 x 8.5 x 11 Enemy Activity Card
  • 5 Sheets of large counters and markers (880)
  •  Includes USMC, Imperial Japanese Army (IJA), Communist Chinese Forces (CCF), and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) units, vehicles and informational markers.

Campaigns:

Peleliu September-October 1944
8 Offensive Missions

Chosin Reservoir November-December 1950
4 Defensive, 3 Offensive Missions

Hue City February 1968
6 Offensive Missions

 

Designer: Ben Hull
Developer: Ricky Gray
Publisher GMT Games

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